Up, up and away! Hot air ballooning is an event for your whole family. While flying you can discover the earth from the bird’s-eye view and gain an awesome experience in a hot air balloon.
How does hot air ballooning work?
The simplest way to understand how a hot air balloon works is to compare it to a floating boat: A boat floats due to the water beneath it. The weight of the boat is pulling it downward, but the pressure of the water is pushing upward. Both, the weight of the boat and the pressure of the water are exactly counterbalanced.
A boat never floats perfectly on the water surface, but it only sinks partly into the water depending on how heavy it is. So, the bigger the boat, the bigger the area of water beneath it. Bigger boats also have a greater force of water pressure pushing upward on it.
In other words: An object can float if it’s less dense than water. The same theory is used for a balloon: the hot air in the balloon is less dense than the colder air outside. That`s why the balloon can fly.
Where can I take a hot air balloon ride?
There are many companies offering hot air balloon rides in Virginia Beach. You can enjoy your ride in a shared group with your family and closet friends. Your hot air balloon ride is a fantastic place to take gorgeous photos you can share with loved ones on FamilyApp!
The basket sizes range from 4 to 10 people. It’s also possible to book a private hot air balloon ride. It’s the perfect romantic atmosphere for you and your partner.
Hot air balloon festivals throughout the U.S. are events are made for your whole family. Imagine you can see the earth from the perspective of a bird’s eye while you are surrounded by many colored balloons. It feels like a beautiful dream.
Children are welcome!
Also, your children will love the exciting adventure of a hot air balloon ride. But there are two important facts for parents you should pay attention to. First, your kid should be at least six years old, and second, they need to be six inches taller than the basket. Otherwise, they won’t be able to see anything. To get to know the exact restrictions you can ask the provider.
The right clothes
Many people ask what to wear during a hot air balloon ride. A very good rule of thumb for clothing before hot air ballooning is to imagine standing beside a campfire. Consider how you would handle that kind of heat. Because thanks to balloon’s burners and the open flame it is very warm during the flight. You should also think of sensible shoes because you’ll be on your feet for the entire ballooning experience – this can be about one hour depending on the outside temperature and the weight carried.
When to travel in a hot air balloon?
Ballooning is possible year-round. The best weather conditions for ballooning are just after the sunrise and two or three hours before sunset. But ballooning isn’t possible on bad weather or windy days.
All in all, hot air ballooning is the perfect activity for you and your family. So, it’s time for flying up, up and away! And don’t be afraid if you have any fear of heights. A hot air balloon ride might even cure you of this fear. Just try it!
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